*Editors Note: Originally posted January 11, 2016.*
Carrie Fisher gave an acclaimed performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most popular movie of 2015, but certain fanboys criticized her because of a huge moral failing on her part – she was almost forty years older than she was when she appeared in the first Star Wars movie in 1977.
So while 2015 ended on the happy note of Ms. Fisher’s smart and witty response to the galactic empire of assholes on Twitter, 2016 has seen the trend continue with the kick off of the sexist, ageist, shit-on-womenathon better known as “awards season.” Last night the Golden Globes didn’t disappoint as Twitter delighted in putting women back in their proper place where how they look and what they wore and who they wore is more important than who they are.
Hollywood gives lip service to the idea that women making progress is a good thing, but when it comes to the progression of years, women over 30, er 40, er 50 er… become less and less employable to the point where they are no longer even given the opportunity that younger stars like Jennifer Lawrence get to make 70% of what a man makes. Maybe the day will come when women are allowed to age in TV and movies like men are. Let’s just hope that when that day comes we haven’t all died from old age.